Begendik Thermal Power Plant, Turkey

A thermal power plant has been proposed in a forest area of 50 ha closed to Begendik Town. Within the scope of the current legislation, the absence of legal barriers and use restrictions around the project area was instrumental in the choice for the thermal power plants location. The plant will generate 9 billion kW electricity annually. It is planned to join the generated electricity to the 380 kilovolt Hamitabat Habibler line via a 25 km line. The coal will be transported via 150.000 ton capacity ships. In the coastal zone of the power plant, a port or jetty suitable for ships of this size will be constructed. The thermal plant will harm the biodiversity through forest destruction and regional fishing activities through the port. Furthermore the sea water will get warmer as the cooling water for the plant will be taken from the sea. Toxic gases coming out of the 150m chimney will lead to acid rain as well as respiratory diseases.
See more...
Basic Data
NameBegendik Thermal Power Plant, Turkey
SiteDemirkoy, Igneada, Begendik Town
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Coal extraction and processing
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesCoal
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
The project consists of the following phases and five separate EIA reports are required in this framework.
See more...
Project Area (in hectares)50
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population10 million (since fumes will reach Istanbul)
Start Date10/2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesEMBA from Turkey
Relevant government actorsMinistry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, Igneada Municipality
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersLocal Initiative, Igneada Municipality, citizens, Igneada Environmental Association, DAYKO Foundation
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFishermen
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Occupational disease and accidents
OtherPoisoning of Water and Land
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Loss of landscape/sense of place
OtherDifficulties in access to water
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject cancelled
Project stopped
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.The project was stopped for the time being.
Sources and Materials

EIA Regulation,

National energy policy and environmental protection policy


[click to view]

Trakyada evre felaketinin yeni adresi: Beendik Termik Santrali (The new address environmental disasters in Thrace: Begendik Thermal Power Plant Turkish)
[click to view]

Todays Zaman (English)
[click to view]

Meta Information
ContributorOkan Can
Last update08/04/2014